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Topic: Measuring Success

A Student's Perspective

A Student's Perspective

If you walked into a traditional high school today and asked 100 students if they liked school, I would guess that very few of them would say, yes. Maybe some of you have heard these comments, “Why do we have to learn about this? I am never going to use... Read the full article >
Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

Transforming Education: Delivering on our Promise to Every Child The Council of Chief State School Officers It is imperative that we transform the national education agenda so that each and every child may succeed. This paper identifies four areas of focus that will lead the systems change necessary for a... Read the full article >
Promoting and Supporting a Data-to-Action, Results-Oriented Culture within Durham Public Schools

Promoting and Supporting a Data-to-Action, Results-Oriented Culture within Durham Public Schools

Setting the Stage The beginning of the 2011-12 school year was a time of transition within the Research and Accountability (R and A) Department for Durham Public Schools (DPS) in Durham, NC. R and A entered the 2011-12 school year with a new department leader, two vacant data analyst positions,... Read the full article >
It’s not Complicated — But it’s Seriously Difficult

It’s not Complicated — But it’s Seriously Difficult

Given the highly favorable reviews and rave blurbs from such diverse figures as former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, one might think that Angela Ripley’s new book on education around the world, The Smartest Kids in the World, offers surprising... Read the full article >
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Suggested Reading

Experimental College’s First Graduate Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed Author Paul Fain shares details of Southern New Hampshire University’s competency-based online education program and its first graduate. Students can control how fast they move through the program working with academic coaches and reviewers who determine if they have mastered each... Read the full article >
Mission as a Measurement of Success

Mission as a Measurement of Success

How does the mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago drive success for both our schools and students? We “know” in our committed hearts that mission is at the core of our success, but can we prove it? The Mission Like all schools and school systems, the mission and vision statements,... Read the full article >
Confronting Barriers to Learning to Help All Children Succeed

Confronting Barriers to Learning to Help All Children Succeed

It is a daunting challenge. Across the country, states, districts and schools are carrying out systemic strategies to revamp curricula and strengthen the capacity of teachers to implement Common Core State Standards. Educators must bring students from all backgrounds and differing levels of knowledge and skills to higher standards of... Read the full article >
The Promise of Performance Assessment … and the Challenges

The Promise of Performance Assessment … and the Challenges

In all ages, whether digital or pre-digital, the measurement of student success must be driven by the education outcomes we value and the type of evidence that best demonstrates success. More than ever before, the time is ripe for performance assessment … if we can overcome the challenges. During AdvancED’s... Read the full article >
Reinventing the Report Card

Reinventing the Report Card

A “perfect storm” is accelerating the pace of change in education at both the K-12 and higher education levels. Stimulated by technologies that are ever more powerful, more available and less expensive, as well as new standards, global competition, increasing costs, more and better data on student learning and other... Read the full article >
How World of Warcraft Saved Me and My Education

How World of Warcraft Saved Me and My Education

I am not a teacher, administrator, instructional specialist or assessment expert. I am a student; one of the least heard voices in the education reform movement, though it is a movement that has been forged for the sake of my generation and those following. As a student, I can share... Read the full article >